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Contraception

Conceiving after using female contraception

If you have been using oral contraception, an IUD (such as Mirena) or an implant (such as Implanon), there is no need to wait for a natural period before you start trying to get pregnant. Once you stop contraception, there will be a variable time before your next normal menstruation. During this time it is safe to conceive, but you may not be able to pinpoint the exact time of ovulation and gestation (the duration of your pregnancy). Gestation is easily determined by an early pregnancy scan.

Using contraception over any period of time will not cause infertility but if your periods are irregular once you stop using contraception you should see your GP.

Planning for pregnancy

Before you start trying for a baby, at least three months before you plan to conceive, make sure you:

  • Take 500ug folic acid every day,
  • See your GP for an antenatal screen, including blood tests to check your rubella and chicken pox status,
  • Have had a pap smear and a breast check with a normal result within the last two years,
  • Commit to a healthy lifestyle – quit smoking, and review your diet and alcohol intake.

Find out more about planning for pregnancy  

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